Could we take the workshops that self-help centers already run in person, and make online versions of them to get wider distribution? To people who can't travel to self-help centers or need it during weekends or evenings? If we package up the guides into more usable formats, we can help ...
What if we made templated, user-tested Cover Sheets to all legal tasks (whether it's filling out forms or going through a procedure) so that people have great introductions and orientations to the task before being asked to do it.
What would it look like if there was one major site online, that anyone searching out help for a life problem could use?
They would enter their problem, legal issues would be identified, and then the person would be directed to the legal org who can help them.
They will get a ...
Inspired by the civic technology project CityVoice, that lets any person call up to leave a voice message about a problem they're experiencing with their city government or infrastructure -- can we provide a similar feedback loop in court and legal services?
What if people in the legal system had ways to give their feedback, so that the courts, lawyers, and other professionals could improve their services based on user experience metrics?
The metrics could be:
- ease of use
- sense of fairness
- positivity/negativity of experience
This is a simple feedback card -- ...
Could we have a traveling courthouse, that offers limited legal services to you in more convenient, and people-friendly places? Like in libraries, in community centers, churches, even festivals?
Some of the services it could help you do:
See if you have warrants out against you & deal with them
Deal with your traffic ...
Could we build a single portal to all kinds of legal support, help, counsel? If it's a simple, memorable number that's the same across the country -- that would be terrific from a branding approach.
The LSC-TIG Summit last year listed centralized state-by-state legal portals as one of their central agenda ...
What would an all-in-one collaboration platform look like, for clients & lawyers to work together? If there could be one place that coordinates a person's journey from having a legal problem, to seeking help, to actually carrying through resolution of the problem -- it could help reduce so many of ...
Could we create a Schedule & Alert system to let litigants and court people know what the busy-ness & traffic level are?
Especially for litigants who have a choice about when they come into court (say to contest a traffic ticket) - couldn’t we help them decide when to come in, ...
Could we use the same methods of those television lawyers who bombard daytime-tv-watchers with 'Are you injured? Can you sue? Call now to find your rights!' -- to increase lay people's awareness of their rights, of civil remedies, of free or low-cost legal services?
Could we build stronger legal public relations, outreach, and onramping to the world of legal services?
One stream of ideas for improving access to justice: can we brand legal services & lawyers, to make them more known, more trustworthy, more purchase-able & engaging for non-lawyers?
An idea for having a document-software plugin (think, for Microsoft Word) that would track its lawyer & law students' mark-ups of legal documents, learn where the arguments were and what good arguments are, and then use those patterns to make smart recommendations to the lawyer as she is crafting arguments ...
Could we have a tech-based companion for people going through a court process? It could have timing advice, location directions, and other support to make sure the person is prepared for their day in court.
An idea to allow a person with a legal decision to make to play around with possible variables & the outcomes that would result. It would be a way to see multiple different scenarios, and weigh options before making a decision.
An idea for schematically diagramming a legal brief -- to make it more instantly clear what its content is.
What would a better legal brief look like? What would it be to submit writings for the judge’s consideration in ways that are more formally structured — so that these communications could: